CAMAGÜEY. - With six golden medals, five of silver and three of bronze, this province triumphed while facing those of Havana and Villa Clara, in the National Cup of Karate Do, style Shito Ryu, developed in this metropolis, which for the first time was celebrated for the pioneer category.

More than 50 new fighters of seven territories of the country competed in this ninth edition of the contest, which traditionally devotes itself to the memory of Ramiro Chirino, who was a president of the Cuban Federation of the discipline.

In the form of kumite, the Havana´s practitioner Alisson Cabrera and the Villa Clara´s Miriam Peña, they won the golden medal in the division of less than 34 and 38 kilograms, respectively, and among the males deserved the honors the Camagüey´s Eldis Castellanos and Carlos Paneca, in this order.

While, the local Evelin Avilés and of the Havana´s Iván Herrera were the winners among the karatekas with a weight of less than 42 kilograms, and Olivia García, from Havana, and Leandro González, from Villa Clara, they stood out in the division of less than 48 kilograms.

Camagüey´s participant Claudia Rodríguez and the Villa Clara´s Sergio Durán dominated in the division of less than 54 kilograms, on the other hand, the hosts Maria Claudia Díaz y Zavier Quintana occupied the first place in the honor podium, but in the division of more than 54 kilograms.

Others of the prize-winning events were the demonstrations of kata, in which the locals Claudia Cansino Socarrás and Eldis Castellanos Santana turned out to be prizewinners of an individual way, and the provinces of Villa Clara and Havana obtained the scepters in the clashes for teams, in the masculine and feminine sex, respectively.

In addition, Claudia Cansino Socarrás and Castellanos Santana turned out to be the best athletes of the tournament, and Eldis Castellanos Rodríguez (Camagüey) and Emilio Ineráriti Correa (Matanzas), as the most out-standing trainer and the umpire, in that order.

Gregorio Valdés Arce, vice-president of the Cuban Federation of Karate Do, recounted the importance of having celebrated for the first time a tournament of this type, for the athletes' formation of 11 and 12 years old and its later incursion in the first category.

With regard to the next Central American Games and of the Caribbean Sea, foreseen between next July and August in Barranquilla, Colombia, he thought that although the prognoses are discreet, there goes well the preparation of the members of the national pre-selection who will take part in this regional multisport appointment.

Translated by Linet Acuña Quilez